Students of New South Wales, the most populous state, and the northern state of Queensland began going back to school on a limited basis to lessen the risk of spreading the illness, state leaders said.
Most of the country's 450-million-strong workforce in the informal economy have no means of reaching home and staying indoors for the 21 days of shutdown.
The party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, once again played the Hindu nationalist card, hoping to gain electoral dividends by raising issues that appeal to militant Hindu sentiments, ignoring the matters of local governance.
India's new citizenship law and its plan to conduct nationality tests sparked popular fury across the country, which the far-right BJP government is trying to muzzle with brute force.
Kashmiri women bear some of the heaviest loads after India's lockdown.
The recent election results of two states signal a weakening of the Modi regime in the Centre and the re-emergence of its political opponents that will likely slow down its expansion plans.
Police in India's commercial capital face accusations of using an old law against begging as a way to pick up anyone sleeping on the streets so they can reach their arrest quotas.
The ruling BJP has been accused of toppling elected state governments led by the opposition parties either by buying or intimidating the lawmakers in order to pass controversial bills in the absence of a strong opposition in the parliament.
Senior figures from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party are using alarming election campaign rhetoric that alienates and endangers Muslims.
The country's political opposition say they are losing faith in federal institutions, especially the investigating agency CBI, and accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP of using them for political vendetta.
Declaring Nicholas Haysom 'persona non grata' might prove costly for the Federal Somali Government.
India's Supreme Court ruling to allow women entry into a revered Hindu temple in Kerala is exposing the country's communal and political fault lines.
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